Stephen Elder argues that one of the reasons the recently announced review of the national curriculum is necessary is that a constructivist approach to teaching predominates and the curriculum is therefore imbalanced (“Review will add missing balance to curriculum”, 20/1).
Some previous state and territory syllabus documents may have been based on a preferred approach to teaching but ACARA’s Australian Curriculum details only what students should learn. How the material is to be taught is left to teachers and schools.
According to Elder, constructivist approaches are characterised, in part, by students being “centre stage”. This does sound rather like Minister Pyne’s requirement that the curriculum should place students first.
Elder writes that ad hominem attacks in relation to the review are wasteful. Perhaps he should in turn be cautioned about straw man arguments.
Garry Collins, President, Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)
Essential English: Community of Practice 2021
Following on from the success of last year's event for teachers of Essential English, we will be running this event again this year with some modifications. The program is available and registrations are now open. Venue: Deception Bay SHS, Phillip Street, DECEPTION BAY. Registrations will close on Saturday 30 October. Interes...
Grammar PD term 4
To assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E), a further session will be held on Saturday 20 November at John Paul College. The flyer gives further details. Registration will close on 14 November. ...
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